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The essential Heather Mac Donald in the Wall Street Journal:
Police officers aren’t making minority neighborhoods unsafe; criminals are. The four victims of fatal police shootings in Chicago in 2021 were all armed. [They comprise] 0.7% of the 538 homicide victims year to date. Blacks make up 83% of all homicide offenders in Chicago whose race is known and 83% of all homicide victims, though they constitute less than 30% of the city’s population. …
The claim, amplified at the highest reaches of government, that the police are hunting down and killing black civilians has resulted in an outpouring of bile against law enforcement. Ambush assaults against officers rose 91% in the year after George Floyd’s death. More officers have been feloniously killed so far in 2021 — 50, as of Aug. 18 — than in all of 2020, 2019 and 2017. Suspect resistance is up, which will increase the chance of officer use of lethal force. On Aug. 13, a Chicago police officer was seriously wounded while being dragged by a car fleeing a car stop.
Many police departments and prosecutors’ offices are throwing in the towel to avoid the inevitable disparate impact of law enforcement and the resulting charge of racism. …
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes its 2020 crime report later this year, it will likely show the largest percentage increase in homicide in recorded history, followed by an even higher death toll in 2021. Looters across the country are stripping stores with impunity; some chains are closing outlets rather than be accused of bias should they apprehend shoplifters.
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